Modified Total-Body Recumbent Stepper Exercise Test for Assessing Peak Oxygen Consumption in People With Chronic Stroke

The purpose of this study was to quantitatively assess the validity and feasibility of a modified exercise test using a total-body recumbent stepper (mTBRS-XT) in individuals after stroke.  11 participants performed 2 maximal-effort graded exercise tests on separate days using the mTBRS-XT and a cycle ergometer exercise protocol to assess cardiorespiratory fitness.   A strong relationship existed between the mTBRS-XT and the cycle ergometer exercise test for Vo2peak and peak HR . Mean VO2peak was significantly higher for the mTBRS-XT compared with the cycle ergometer exercise protocol.

The mTBRS-XT may be a safe, feasible, and valid exercise test to obtain measurements of Vo2peak in people with stroke. Health care professionals may use the mTBRS-XT to prescribe aerobic exercise based on Vo2peak values for individuals with mild to severe deficits after stroke.

Physical Therapy, 4 Sept 2008, online article ahead of print

Link to Abstract

Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Join Luke O'Brien in this short online course to explore what BFR therapy is, why it is important in physiotherapy treatment, how it is applied and the relevant safety considerations.